Mitsubishi Australia is considering a locally-developed Nissan Navara Warrior rival, as the current generation Triton approaches the end of the road to make way for a new model.
Mitsubishi Australia says it is in talks with a local engineering firm to develop a “turn-key” showroom solution for an upgraded and more capable version of its Triton double-cab ute.
While it is unclear how closely the locally-enhanced Mitsubishi Triton will compare to the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior and Ford Ranger Raptor in terms of upgrades, it’s apparent Mitsubishi is keen to give its ageing pick-up a new lease on life.
At this week’s 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV launch, Mitsubishi Australia CEO Shaun Westcott told media: “I can tell you that we’ve been approached by a very reputable second-stage manufacturer who sees a lot of potential in the vehicle, and has been speaking to us about some options in the (upgraded) ute space.”
“Unfortunately those discussions are still underway, so I can’t say much more than that. Other than to say that they see some really good potential [in] doing a lot more with that vehicle. So all I can say at this point is watch that space,” said Mr Westcott.
The Mitsubishi executive declined to go into detail about what upgrades would be applied – and what the special edition might be called.
It’s expected the new flagship of the Mitsubishi Triton line-up would gain more off-road ability, suspension improvements, gnarly off-road tyres, and a tougher appearance.
Mitsubishi Triton Toby Price Edition
Drawing on Mitsubishi’s past hits, speculation suggests the “Ralliart” name could be reintroduced for the new variant.
The identity of the engineering firm slated to do the upgrades and local final assembly is a closely-held secret for now.
Possible candidates include former Ford Performance Vehicles outfit Premcar, or former Holden Special Vehicles firm Walkinshaw Automotive Group, though both engineering centres are already committed to similar upgrades on behalf of other brands (Nissan with Premcar and Volkswagen with Walkinshaw).
There’s a growing appetite for off-road focused utes in Australia, with Nissan recently introducing a more affordable version of its Warrior package – the Navara SL Warrior.
Nissan Navara SL Warrior
Nissan Navara SL Warrior
Meantime, the current-generation Mitsubishi Triton is nearing the end of its life.
Spy photos have already surfaced of the next-generation model which is expected to go into production some time within the next two years.
The locally-enhanced version of the current-generation Mitsubishi Triton is likely a special send-off in the lead-up to the next model, and also a way to keep the ageing model fresh.
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